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Mum’s marathon efforts raise £1​,​400

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£1,400 fundraised: For Diabetes UK Cymru

A MUM from Llandysul has raised more than £1​,​400 for Diabetes UK Cymru after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Catrin Evans-Thomas, 36, ran the Swansea Half Marathon to raise awareness of the condition after her son, Caio Glyn, 6, was diagnosed in January this year.

Catrin said: “Caio Glyn was visiting the bathroom more than usual and constantly asking for water. We knew that things weren’t right but had no idea what it could be. I now know that these are two of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, the 4 Ts: toilet, thirst, tired, thinner.

“We took Caio Glyn to Glangwili Hospital where a finger prick test to check his blood glucose levels showed that he had Type 1 diabetes. There has been a lot for our whole family to learn since Caio Glyn was diagnosed, but he is managing his condition really well. I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes as well as the symptoms.”

This was Catrin’s first-ever half marathon but she completed the 13.1-mile course in two hours and one minute, raising an impressive £1431. Catrin, Caio Glyn and little sister Gwenlli, 4, met Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, to present him with a cheque.

Catrin said: “I found the first 12 miles fine; the cause that I was running for and thinking of Caio Glyn totally pushed me through it. It was just the last mile that was really tough, going over the uphill cobbles in Swansea!

“It did it in 2:01 and was so happy with the time. The end was so overwhelming. I had family and friends at the finish line and I just hugged my children so tight. I just felt huge relief, and so glad I’d done it for Caio Glyn. I said I’d never do another one but we’ll see! I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me for their support.”

Type 1 diabetes is a serious lifelong condition that affects around 1400 children and young people in Wales, as well as around 18,600 adults. People with the condition don’t produce the hormone insulin, which is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes isn’t currently preventable and nobody knows what causes it, but the symptoms can develop very quickly.

If left untreated it can lead to serious health problems, including diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life threatening condition which requires urgent medical treatment.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Know Type 1 campaign aims to help parents and healthcare professionals to spot the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes to make sure more children are diagnosed early. Look out for the four Ts:

  • Toilet – going to the toilet a lot, bed wetting by a previously dry child, or heavier nappies in babies
  • Thirsty – being really thirsty and not being able to quench the thirst
  • Tired – feeling more tired than usual
  • Thinner – losing weight or looking thinner than usual

If your child has any of these signs and symptoms, you should take them straight to the doctor and insist on a test for Type 1 diabetes there and then. All it takes is a quick and simple finger-prick blood test, which your GP can carry out straight away.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, said: “We’re so grateful to Catrin for taking on her first ever half marathon to support Diabetes UK Cymru. She has raised a terrific amount of money as well as helping raise vital awareness of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Every penny raised will help us to continue to support people living with diabetes in Wales.”

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Last year at the Food Fair: The annual Christmas celebrations return this year

NEXT Friday (Oct 20), the annual craft and gifts extravaganza will return to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to get the locals in the mood for Christmas.

The Winter Craft & Gift Fair is sure to get visitors feeling festive in the run up to Christmas with over 80 stalls selling a wonderful array of crafts and gifts, many produced by local makers from Ceredigion and mid Wales.

This year will feature many regular stalls, as well as some who will be selling at the fair for the first time, so prepare to discover the unusual and unexpected at this year’s fair with it’s new layout and products for 2017.

The fair will be open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5.30pm on Sundays all the way up until December 23.

On Saturday​,​ ​November ​​25, ​the Arts Centre’s Christmas Food Fair will take over the Great Hall for the day. There will be the very best of Welsh produce with cheese, meats, fish, wine, cider, pastries, puddings, jams and much, much more from many local producers. The Food Fair is the perfect place to stock up on a few gastronomic goodies in the run up to Christmas. There will also be live musical entertainment to get you in the Christmassy mood! The fair will be on 10am-4pm and entry is free!

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‘​I​t’s ok to say’

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FUW raise awareness: Urging people to 'say' on World Mental Health Day​

​ON WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, farmers across Wales are being reminded that ‘it’s ok to say’ and the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging them not to hide problems from themselves, their families and friends and to talk about their personal feelings.

The FUW made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and is therefore renewing the call for those who might be suffering from mental health problems to seek help.

“The focus of this year’s World Mental Health day is on mental health in the workplace and farms are just that. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years. Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure,” said Union President Glyn Roberts​.​

“But we must break the stigma attached to mental health, so if you’re feeling vulnerable, please open-up and speak to someone. That doesn’t just mean today, but always. Farmers and farming families need to continue talking openly about what they are experiencing and the FUW strongly encourages anyone who is worried about their own mental health or a loved-one, to seek help from the Farming Community Network, Tir Dewi, The DPJ Foundation, Mind Cymru or Call Helpline Wales,” added Glyn Roberts.

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Scholarship scheme funds student’s Masters

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One of the chosen few: Stella Foster (Pic. Mark Woodward)

A TALYBONT native is one of just 28 people in the UK to be awarded a scholarship granted by energy company ScottishPower.

Stella Foster, 32, gratefully received the grant from the Scottish Power Foundation for the 2017/18 academic year.

Having just completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York, Stella will begin her Masters in Environmental Sciences this week at the University of East Anglia. Environmental science degrees integrate biology, physical science and information sciences to examine environmental systems (air, water, etc.) and how they interact.

The sought-after scholarship covers full enrolment costs as well as a living allowance. On top of this, the scholars will receive unique opportunities including meeting leading industry professionals.

“Travelling around the world and living in China before I started my undergraduate studies made me aware of the astounding change of pace in urbanisation; the two-hour bus ride from where I lived to Shanghai, there wasn’t a moment where you couldn’t see a construction site,” Stella said.

“This fast and dramatic development creates issues with the environment, and I’m really excited to learn about the creative and fascinating solutions out there, and hopefully come up with some of my own,” she added.

Since it was launched in 2010, the ScottishPower Foundation scholarships programme has provided £1.5m in grants towards training the next generation in their chosen field.

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